A new blog meme is being launched!

New blog meme

ooh whats it called?

DO judge a book by its cover


Because I love book covers and their artwork

when can we take part?

every Saturday

what do we have to do?
You simply write a post about a favourite book cover. It does not have to be one you own or even borrowed from your wonderful local library but just one you’ve seen online, in the shops or in the hands of your so called best friend who won’t let you borrow it – the meanie!
There will be a theme each week such as: yellow, paperback only, YA, newly published, best font etc, with a FREE choice every 4 weeks. Post a pic of the book if possible and a short blurb if you want. The guidelines (I don’t like the word rules) are not hard and fast and I am not a dictator so I just want it to be a bit of fun. My blog is called The Book Magpie because I am drawn to beautiful book covers as I know a lot of us are so its time to celebrate the clever, skilled work of the artists who design them.
When you’ve composed your fab-u-lous post simply add the link to Mr Linky – a small button which will hopefully appear below my post each week (providing no gremlins get to hear of it) and I will re Tweet each link and then if i’m feeling generous I may give away a small prize to someone every other week. (I’d deny that this is blackmail or an inducement to get you to take part but I don’t think it would stand up in court, do you?)
After adding your link if would be spiffing (word of the day) of you to visit others links and give their post some love.
I will begin the Meme this coming Saturday (31st)
Please let me know what you think of the idea or ask any questions by leaving me a comment below or Tweeting me @autumnmiss2011. I will respond faster than a flash of lightning.
Can’t wait to hear from you

the cat on the bookshelf

Look at all these adorable books on my lovely new bookshelf which i got just before Christmas. It cost me not a penny as hubby got it from one of these freecycle websites.
It also has an added bonus in that my Meggie loves to sit there in the morning on a sunny day. She will sun herself for ages. I call her my keeper of the books.

I am entering this for Annie’s Friday Smiles 101


Up coming Literary Festivals for 2014

Saturday, 26th April to Sunday, 4th May 2014

Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire

BOX OFFICE on 01789 207100 (Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm, Sat 9.30am-1.30pm) or online here. TICKETS also available on the door (cash or cheques only).


Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts

May 22nd – June 1st 2014
Visit the official website.
Tickets: book online or call 01497 822 629.
Althorp Literary Festival
June 12th – 14th 2014


and the pile grows even larger

Well i ask you, i was in town this morning, in WHSmith looking at magazines. Now how could i not look at the books too. You understand, right?
After a good old rummage around I bought these two beauties
I keep hearing such good things about this book and Neil Gaiman is a damn fine writer so i just had to give ‘The Ocean at the end of the Lane’ a shot.
This is what Neil himself has to say about the book
“The Ocean at the end of the lane is a novel of childhood and memory.  Its a story of magic, about the power of stories and how we face the darkness inside each of us.”
I cant wait to begin reading this
This is a Richard & Judy book club choice from the Spring 2014 list.  I do love a good psychological thriller and this promises to be a good if scary one.
Blurb on the back teases us with this
“Sarah has spent ten years trying to forget her terrifying ordeal. But it seems the killer has not forgotten her…”
Think this is best read in the daytime or i may have trouble sleeping.
I got a buy 1 get 1 half price deal too so im well chuffed.
Gill xx

Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce

Published by Orion Books
393 pages
I really loved this book, from the moment i read the blurb to the final page. Who can resist a mystery, not me.
It is Christmas afternoon and Peter Martin gets an unexpected phone call from his parents, asking him to come round. It pulls him away from his wife and children and into a bewildering mystery.

He arrives at his parents’ house and discovers that they have a visitor. His sister Tara. Not so unusual you might think, this is Christmas after all, a time when families get together. But twenty years ago Tara took a walk into the woods and never came back and as the years have gone by with no word from her the family have, unspoken, assumed that she was dead. Now she’s back, tired, dirty, dishevelled, but happy and full of stories about twenty years spent travelling the world, an epic odyssey taken on a whim.

But her stories don’t quite hang together and once she has cleaned herself up and got some sleep it becomes apparent that the intervening years have been very kind to Tara. She really does look no different from the young women who walked out the door twenty years ago. Peter’s parents are just delighted to have their little girl back, but Peter and his best friend Richie, Tara’s one time boyfriend, are not so sure. Tara seems happy enough but there is something about her. A haunted, otherworldly quality. Some would say it’s as if she’s off with the fairies. And as the months go by Peter begins to suspect that the woods around their homes are not finished with Tara and his family…

It isnt just fantasy or fairy tale but so much more besides with some very colourful characters to boot.
My favourite character was Peter, he is the one person who holds it all together. He is wise, fairly level headed, occasionally impulsive but always someone i could believe.  I found it a hard book to put down but couldnt imagine how the plot was going to resolve itself, i wanted to read all the faster just to find out.
A top read with twists and turns and a few mis directions thrown in.


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